Friday, February 19, 2016

Benson Daniel||Birth Photography

Capturing the first moments of this precious little guy was such a special experience for me last year. There's nothing quite like those first moments after a baby is born---the proud daddy, the relieved + overjoyed mama, and overall just the rejoicing in the MIRACLE of life. I've been at three of my sibling's births before but that newness of life and those first moments never grows old and it was such a joy to see + photograph the instant love between this brand-new child and his parents.
It is truly beyond my comprehension how we have a God so great who gives gifts like these!
proud grandparents.
"For this child I prayed; and the Lord hath given me my petition which I asked of him."
1 Samuel 1:27
It was an extra honor to be there, as this little guy had many people praying for him before his little existence even began, and to see God answer prayer and give such a precious little life like his, was and is such a blessing!
{me with Benson, a few weeks after his birth}

And there's a little baby love for y'all this weekend! Happy Friday!

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Feminine Fashion||Layering + Accessorizing

A little while back, one of you sweet readers asked for tips on putting together classy outfits for fall/winter. 

Contrary to what you might think, the cold season is my absolute favorite time of year for fashion. In the summer, one has to worry about how to take off as much as possible to stay comfortable and cool while obviously (obviously!) wanting to maintain a standard of modesty whilst trying to stay cool and  fashionable. It can be a challenge.

But winter? No worries! Cause baby its cold outside, and we wanna wear as many cozy layers as possible! 

The question is how to do this without looking like a snowman? Is it even possible to be warm and look halfways trim? I don't know about the rest of you girls, but I want to keep my waistline definable even if its cold. Absolutely. 

But...I don't want to live the whole winter in sweats and hoodies! Because we're going for beauty + fashion here, and while the afore mentioned combination may be toasty + comfy + appropriate for some times, its definitely not what I'm wanting as my normal fashion statement.

Listen up ladies...where there's a will, there's a way! =)

Today I'm going to share with you a few tips on layering, whilst keeping a slim and professionally fitted look, whilst looking classy and dressy, and whilst staying warm in those cozy layers!
My sista Alli was leaving one day last November for errands, and I thought her outfit was a perfect example of this whole layering concept, so I grabbed her for a few shots, and here they are.

First we'll start out with the outfit details, since its always fun to know where stuff is from. =)
Dress: Stuff Etc Consignment (we get most of our clothes at this fabulous Iowa chain. As much as possible, whenever we have fellow thrifter friends visit, we take them there to visit shop, and there's not been a ONE yet that hasn't fallen in love with the place =))
Tee: Downeast Basics brown wonder tee
Cardigan: Stuff Etc Consignment
Skinny Jeans: Kohls
Leg Warmers: Gifted
Necklace: borrowed from yours truly, who got it from a friend
Hair Flower: gifted
Boots: Ariat brand, gifted
In the fall/winter, my sister and I LOVE pairing skinnies with our dresses. This has to be done right or it can look frumpy; jeans don't work with just any dress. But if you can make the combination look right, it can be SO COZY, because you have double layers of material. 
Boots are a STAPLE for girls who live in the north. They keep your legs warm and keep your ankles out of the snow and they are just all around the greatest invention. I live in my boots in the winter. (actually my multiple pairs, ha!) 

And I don't know about y'all but I adore leg warmers! They add so much class and fun!
Sometime I might do a post just solely dedicated to the wonderfulness of DownEast Basics but for now let me just say that if you haven't been introduced to this company, here is the introduction and their wonder tees may very well change your life forever. 
I hate buying things new and hardly ever do (I almost always shop used) but I make an exception when it comes to the wonder tee because I haven't found other tees like them anywhere. 
They are very fitted which makes them AMAZING for layering, or you can buy a size larger and wear them on their own. I love them because they have more coverage than an average cami with the cap sleeves, which makes them perfect to wear underneath lace and/or sheer tops.
 They are sold in a multitude of colors and they are also LONG which is a huge plus in my book. =)
They are more expensive than what I would normally want to pay for just a tee shirt but I have found that as often as I wear mine, it is WORTH IT. I have the wonder tee in cream, black, and rust currently. My sister and I try to wait until they either have a sale or "free shipping over $50" or something like that and then buy a bunch together to make it more worth it and try to get the best deal possible.
 I really just can't rave about them enough. 
Just go buy your own. =)
Accessories. They can make an outfit go from 50 to 100 in no time flat.

These leg warmers are a perfect example. The lace peeking out of the boots ties in with the vintage and ruffled look of her cardigan and hair flower.

Plus it breaks up the dark look of jeans against boots, and brings a hint of the cream back into the outfit nearer the bottom.
"She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple....
Strength and honor are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.
Proverbs 31:22+25


What are some of y'alls tips for classy layering and staying warm during these chilly fall/winter days?
Leave a comment and share! I'd love to hear your ideas!

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Concert Tour Schedule//Winter 2016

I'm a little behind with posting this, but wanted to take a minute to invite y'all southerners to join us at a nearby concert to you! I am currently touring with my family in the sunny south and will be here for the next two months, hitting a few stops in the west on our way home.

3...Sullivan Baptist Church, Sullivan, KY, 6pm
4...Cross Camp Cowboy Church, Rainbow City, AL, 
5...Calvary Baptist Church, Statham, GA, 7pm
6...Living Waters Fellowship, Waynesboro, GA, 7pm
7...White Rock Baptist Church, White Rock, SC, 11am
8...Gospel Express Prison Crusade, statewide SC
9...Gospel Express Prison Crusade, statewide SC
10...Gospel Express Prison Crusade, statewide SC
11...Gospel Express Prison Crusade, statewide SC
12...Cornerstone Baptist Church, Springhill, FL, 6:30pm
13...Bahia Vista Mennonite Church, Sarasota, FL, 7pm
14...Hope Fellowship, Sarasota, FL, 9:30am
14...Bible Baptist Church, Bradenton, FL, 6pm
16...Birky Square, Sarasota, FL, 6pm
17...Sea Gate Baptist Church, Naples, FL, 6:30pm
18...First Baptist Church of SW Broward, Cooper City, FL, 7pm
19...Temple Baptist Church, Titusville, FL 6:30pm
20...Roberts Barn, Polk City, FL, 6pm
21...Crossroads Bible Church, Ocala, FL, 10:30am
21...Arlington Baptist Church, Jacksonville, FL, 6pm
24...Sinclair Baptist Church, Millidgeville, GA, 6:30pm
25...Pleasantgrove Baptist Church, Avera, GA, 7pm
27...Saginaw Baptist Church, Nicholls, GA, 6pm
28...Reedy Branch Baptist Church, Broxton, GA, 10:30am
28...Grace Point Church, Ft Valley, GA, 6pm
MARCH 2016
2...New Life in Christ Church, Foley, AL, 7pm
3...Eastwood Baptist Church, Monroeville, AL, 7pm
4...Welcome Home Baptist Church, Dodson, LA, 7pm
5...Lighthouse Baptist Church, San Antonio, TX, 11am
5...First Baptist Church, Broaddus, TX, 6pm
6...Calvary Baptist Church, New Braunfels, TX, 6pm
9...Woerner Warehouse, Fredricksburg,TX, 6:30pm
10...Oasis Gym, Mexico
12...Nuevo Ideal, Durango (L2) Mexico
13...LaHonda, Zacatecas (L3), Mexico
16...Gnadenburg Gym, Cuauhtemoc (L4), Mexico
17...Schonfeld Gym, Swift (L5), Mexico
18...Santa Rita (L6), Mexico
19...Santa Clara (L7), Mexico
20...Los Jagueyes (L8), Mexico
21...El Agate, Suecos (L9), Mexico
22...El Valle, (L10), Mexico
23...Buenos Aires (L11), Mexico
24...Camello (L12), Mexico
26...Summerfield Church, Seminole, TX, 7pm
27...Community Church, Seminole, TX, 10am
27...Highland Baptist Church, Hobbs, NM, 6pm
29...Family Talk Radio, Colorado Springs, CO, 1:30pm
29...Living Waters Fellowship, Golden, CO, 6:30pm
30...Skyline Mennonite Church, Canon City, CO, 7:30pm
31...Church of the Nazarene, LaJunta, CO, 7pm
APRIL 2016
1...Mennonite Evangelical Church, Copeland, KS, 7pm
2...Journey @ Yoder, Yoder, Kansas, 7pm
3...Northridge Church, Sabetha, KS, 7pm

Hope to meet some of y'all along the way!

Friday, February 5, 2016

Upcoming Young Womens Retreat!

I'm so thrilled to announce that my younger sister Allison is hosting another one of her amazing retreats for young women! Registration is filling up quickly so email her asap to reserve your spot.

For additional information please visit our family blog here

Can't wait to see some of y'all there!